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Costa Rican Homebirth
Having trained as a doula, Jen had a solid knowledge-base heading into her welcome, though very surprising, first pregnancy! She knew that she wanted midwifery care and a home birth and was able to find an amazing midwife early in pregnancy. The pregnancy unfolded normally, without any complications, but with some lucid (and prophetic) dreams. Her Mum and Aunty were able to fly to Costa Rica from Canada and were present for the 17 hour labor and birth into water of her beautiful son Caio on September 29th 2011 at 10:31 am.
Jen’s Experience with Loss
Jen was delighted to become pregnant in April 2013, and had a normal healthy pregnancy until almost 13 weeks, when her waters broke and labor began. She gave birth to a still baby on July 11. Jen conceived again in December of 2014, which resulted in a chemical pregnancy (sperm-egg connection but no implantation) and self-terminated at 7 weeks.
Twins Birth Center in Costa Rica Birth
In March 2015, Jen had another positive pregnancy test. She began prenatal care but chose to do minimal testing and declined an early ultrasound. She wanted to enjoy the pregnancy without any expectations, just spending time with baby even if the time together would be short. Measuring large at 16 weeks, Jen agreed to an ultrasound and was shocked and delighted to be carrying twins; She chose to change birth plans from a home birth to a birth center with her midwife and OB present. The pregnancy progressed normally, and Jen, her partner, and big brother Caio were over the moon to welcome Tobias and Elena on December 4, 2015, at 9:28 pm and 9:35 pm, respectively, after a gentle 6 hour labor.
Jen McLennan Bio
Jen lives in Costa Rica with her partner Julio and their three lovely locos: Caio, Toby and Elena. She is a yoga instructor specializing in kids classes and the family also manages a small guest house and yoga center, Casa Zen (www.zencostarica.com). She has always been drawn to birth and is passionate about supporting women to make informed choices during prenatal care, labor, delivery, and postpartum. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook—JenShine McKate.
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